More Evidence that Stop-and-Frisk is Racially Motivated
Not that we needed more evidence, but a new map shows that the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk tactic is race-based and ineffective in getting actual criminal off the streets.
The map shows that of the 770 guns confiscated by NYPD through the Stop-and-Frisk initiative, most of those guns were not taken in places where the tactic is executed most:
Only 770 guns were recovered from 685,000 NYPD Stop-and-Frisk stops across the city last year, according to WNYC. And those guns are not showing up in the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.
In February the NYPD released stop-and-frisk statistics to the City Council that revealed the highest number of stops ever recorded in one year. Out of 685,724 stop-and-frisk stops, 87% percent of those stopped in 2011 were black or Latino, and nine out of ten persons stopped were not arrested, nor did they receive summonses.
Read more at Colorlines.
Even as evidence continues to mount regarding Stop-and-Frisk and myriad other programs based upon the assumed criminality of young blacks and Latinos, it seems that cities are reluctant to shift or abandon the program altogether.
In fact, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee is considering adopting the program in his city.
How can we enact real change in the way our communities are policed?
Why does Stop-and-Frisk continue to be a common police tactic despite its ineffectiveness?
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